Big Fat Loss Lies - Part Two
Loss Lie #6: Losing fat can be accomplished quickly and easily.
"Losing fat is simple but not easy". Truer words about fat loss were never spoken. As Venuto explains, "Simple means there is nothing complicated about the process. Easy implies that something can be done with little or no effort. Anyone who tells you they’ve discovered an easy way to lose fat is lying."
When you get down to it, weight loss is "simply" a matter of eating less and moving more. Nothing complicated there. But that simple formula is not easily translated into everyday life what with the delicious temptations all around us and a sedentary modern lifestyle. These factors do not make weight loss easy. The weight loss formula will always be simple- eat less and move more. But easy? Never!
Whether you want to just lose some weight or you want something more ambitious like a lean and muscular body, be prepared to do two things according to Venuto: Work hard and be patient.
He says, "The problem with many people is that they are always looking for short cuts". Tell me about it. People tell me they want to be slim and fit but they want it on their own terms- quick and easy. Who can blame them? I wish I could do it that way too. Unfortunately, the reality of life is that most of us have to struggle every day to make the right food choices and decide whether to exercise or not.
Venuto wisely notes that "everything worth having in life has a price attached to it. If you want to have a lean and muscular body, you must be willing to pay the price for a lean and muscular body. Stop looking for easy ways. Just pay the price."
He adds, "Your results will come in direct proportion to the amount of effort you put in. You can only reap what you sow". I think this advice applies to everything else in life, doesn’t it?
Loss Lie #7: Some people will never be able to lose weight and they should
just give up and accept their genetics for what they are.
It is true that genetics does play a large role in determining how fit you can be or how easy/hard it is to lose fat. However, Venuto warns that it should not be used as an excuse to give up. He argues that "not everyone is going to become an Olympic Gold medallist or a Mr. Universe or a Ms Fitness America. However, you should never just "accept your genetics" and give up. Everybody can lose fat. It just takes a little longer for some than for others".
If Marla Runyan had just "accepted her genetics", she would not have finished eighth in the 1,500 meters race in the 2000 Sydney Olympic. Her time was just three seconds away from the gold medal. What’s so special about an eighth place runner? Venuto used her as proof of his argument regarding genetics because Runyan is legally blind from a genetically inherited disease of the retina so she can only see blurred shapes around her. But that did not stop her from being in the Olympics.
Just like Runyan had to try harder than other athletes, you too may have to work harder at weight loss than other people, according to Venuto. The only question, he says, is: Are you willing to do what it takes for you?
"Next time you are tempted to whine or complain about your "slow metabolism" or "big bones", take some advice from champions like Marla Runyan. No excuses equals no limits."
Loss Lie #8: Zero carbohydrate or very low carbohydrate diets are the best
way to lose body fat.
"Contrary to what certain diet gurus tell you, carbohydrates are not fattening. It is a flat out lie to say "carbohydrates are fattening". What’s fattening is eating more calories than your body can utilize at one time".
Venuto adds that very low carb diets may work temporarily but they are not the ultimate solution to permanent weight loss. He also warns that that at the worst, they can be unhealthy.
He cites the following drawbacks to very low carb diets: They are difficult to stick to for long periods. They are unbalanced and unhealthy because they miss out on many nutrients. There is too much saturated fat. Weight loss is deceiving because much of it is water and muscle loss. They cause your energy levels to plummet.
After studying low carb diets, he has come up with this equation: Low carbs = low energy. Low energy = poor workouts. Poor workouts = poor results.
He says that "most people will lose fat simply (there is that word again) by adding aerobic exercise to their schedule and by "cleaning up" their diets. By "cleaning up", he means that you have to master all the nutritional basics like eating small frequent meals, controlling portion sizes, cutting down on saturated fat, avoiding sugar and junk foods, etc."
Loss Lie # 9: If you eat the right diet, you can lose fat permanently without
Venuto says that "trying to lose fat without exercising is like trying to sit on a chair without four legs. If one leg is missing, your chair is going to fall over. An effective fat burning program must have four crucial components: Aerobic exercise, a nutritious diet with mild caloric deficit, weight training, goal setting and motivation.
I agree with him when he says that it is extremely difficult to lose fat permanently without exercise. His loud and clear warning: "If anyone ever tries to sell you a program for losing fat without exercise, hold on to your wallet and run for cover."
Besides, he adds, "even it is was possible to get lean without exercise, you should be working out for your health anyway, not just for cosmetic reasons". Amen to that!
Loss Lie #10: You can lose 30 pounds of fat in 30 days.
I have seen ads like this stuck on walls and telephone poles all over Metro Manila. He says it is possible to lose 30 pounds of weight in 30 days or ten pounds of weight over a weekend. The question you should be asking, he says, is what kind of weight are you talking about? "Don’t confuse weight loss with fat loss". Your body is composed mostly of water so "any diet that dehydrates you will create quick, dramatic weight loss." Worse, you will probably lose muscle too. He says it is ‘stupid and dangerous" to try and lose weight this way. Besides, it’s fat you want to lose and the goal is to lose it permanently. The only way to do that is to make permanent lifestyle changes in your eating and exercise habits.
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